This position serves as a Floater/Bus Aide for a Head Start center. S/he will work collaboratively with the Teacher to ensure the successful operation of a classroom of children. This position works with a team of other classroom Assistant Teachers and family members to implement the curriculum to achieve outcomes for children of all abilities.
This Floater/Bus Aide is also responsible for assisting with the transportation of children and parents/families between program activities and home or bus stops including field trips and helping to keep the vehicle clean and in safe operating conditions at all times.
Salary Grade: 09
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Throughout its history, Mississippi State University-Extension (MSU-ES) has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to programs that directly impact young children and their families. In the past decade, MSU-ES has distinguished itself as Mississippi’s premier infrastructural support of high-quality early childhood education
Area of Specialization:
MSU - Extension Head Start Programs, Harrison County
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Floater/Bus Aide demonstrate competency to perform functions that include:
Child Growth & Development: Uses knowledge of the principles of child growth and development to work with children and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
● Maintains a child-centered curriculum and learning environment that encourages positive
social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation to promote
development in all domains for children of all abilities.
● Addresses challenging behaviors by observing to determine possible causes of the
behavior, implementing preventive measures, teaching the child new social and
communication skills and partnering with families to support the child at home.
● Uses observations of children and anecdotal notes to document children’s progress and
● Shares information on a daily basis with classroom staff, such as conversations with
parents and observations of children.
● Ensure that the bus is empty at the end of each run and that all children are signed in or
out as they board or leave the bus.
● Reports any information or concerns about Head Start families to appropriate staff.
● Notifies driver and/or supervisor of any safety issues or concerns.
● Assists driver in keeping the interior and exterior of the vehicle clean at all times.
● Maintains accurate recordkeeping for program requirements.
● Reports any damage or malfunction immediately to the Bus Driver.
● Performs safety checklist of the interior of the bus, including maintenance of fire safety
supplies, seat belts, and seat belt restraints.
General Professional Competencies:
● Planning & Evaluation
● Professional Development
The Floater/Bus Aide responsibilities chiefly fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:
● Communication and Service Coordination
● Record Keeping and Reporting
● On-going Monitoring/Self-assessment
● Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by
developing their literacy and phonemic, print, and numeracy awareness, their
understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex
and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, and their problem solving abilities.
● Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment.
● Supporting the social and emotional development of children.
● Encouraging the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and
supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
● CDA credential or enrolled to complete within two years of hire or a degree in Early
Childhood Education or related field with nine (9) credits in Early Childhood Education
or enrolled to complete degree (with related credits) within one year of hire.
● Prior experience with children ages 3-5 years
● Meets required standards as specified by the State Department of Health/Child Care
Licensure Standards for staff including fingerprinting and background checks.
● Physical exam is required.
● Obtain certification in CPR and First Aid within the 9 months of employment.
● Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings
● Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Current in-state Commercial Driver’s License with a School Bus and/or Passenger
Experience teaching preschool children including group experience with children
Birth to four years old.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Current understanding of MS Child Care Licensing requirements
● Current understanding of Head Start Performance Standards
● Able to anticipate the needs of children
● Must be able to execute daily activities
● Works well with other staff
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed.
This position will be inside and outside supervising children as weather permits as well as
monitoring children on bus routes.
Due to the primary work with young children, some exposure to communicable disease is likely.
Moderate to loud noise levels.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu by submitting: the completed online application, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a current unofficial transcript (with social security numbers removed prior to submission).
An official transcript will be required if selected for employment.
Position is contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.